Vocal Technique and Development

CLASS DETAILS
SPRING TERM
SUMMER TERM
AUTUMN TERM
ENROLMENT
CLASS DETAILS

The Vocal Technique & Vocal Development classes offer a maximum of twelve places once a week to those who sing in the various Addison Singers choirs, as well as those from outside.

The Vocal Development class is a short class with technique + some group singing. It's a space where members can develop their voice in a supportive group environment.

The Vocal Technique class aims to train voices by improving their technique, quality, breath support and range with each participant keen to hone their skills so it makes for a complete spectrum of singing competence. This class is not suitable for beginners, who should start with the Learning to Read Music class or the Vocal Development class.

Tutor: Alice Hyde
Venue: The Sapphire Room, 2nd Floor, The Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF

 

VOCAL DEVELOPMENT
Duration: 45 mins, 10 weeks
Day & time: Mondays, 6.00pm-6.45pm
Membership subscription (term): £50 (sorry - no concessions for classes)
Ability: Mixed

This short Vocal Development class is suitable for people returning to singing, those who sing in a choir or aspire to join a choir and want some vocal practice first, as well as anyone wanting to learn good breathing techniques and warm up routines. This will also be useful e.g. for public speaking, teaching and for confidence building. The choice of group repertoire will be made within the group under the tutor's guidance.

 

VOCAL TECHNIQUE
Duration: 2 hours, 10 weeks
Day & time: Mondays, 7.00pm-9.00pm
Membership subscription (term): £100 (sorry - no concessions for classes)
Ability: Mixed and advanced

The Vocal Technique class includes warm-ups, breathing exercises, scales, group and individual singing. The repertoire covers classical, jazz and popular music, by mutual arrangement with the Tutor. The class also offers sight-reading and group singing, singing songs in parts, along with the specific vocal technique exercises.

Whilst the very thought of it may seem daunting to some, members are encouraged to sing solo as a means of building confidence. This is done sympathetically with constructive criticism, from which all the class members can benefit. Although most members do sing solos, it is not a requirement of joining and groups of 3 or more can sing together in order to work on vocal and performance technique.

Members also have the opportunity to get help with any piece of music they may be having difficulty in mastering from the Classical or Jazz Choirs music programme and the class also attracts some keen amateurs who want to polish up a specific piece of music to sing at a wedding, or other special occasion.

SPRING TERM

Vocal Development Class

First class: Monday 16 January 2017
Time: 6.00pm-6.45pm
Cost: £50.00 (sorry - no concessions for classes)
Place: Sapphire Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Monday 13 February 2017
Last class: Monday 27 March 2017

Vocal Technique Class

First class: Monday 16 January 2017
Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm
Cost: £100.00 (sorry - no concessions for classes)
Place: Sapphire Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Monday 13 February 2017
Last class: Monday 27 March 2017

SUMMER TERM

Vocal Development Class

First class: Monday 24 April 2017
Time: 6.00pm-6.45pm
Cost: £50.00 (sorry - no concessions for classes)
Place: Sapphire Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Monday 29 May 2017
Last class: Monday 10 July 2017 (10 week course)

NB: no class on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May

Vocal Technique Class

First class: Monday 24 April 2017
Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm
Cost: £100.00 (sorry - no concessions for classes)
Place: Sapphire Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Monday 29 May 2017
Last class: Monday 10 July 2017 (10 week course)

NB: no class on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May

AUTUMN TERM

TBC

ENROLMENT

New members: Please enrol online before term starts by first registering here on the Addison Singers website, then purchase a Class membershipclick on Checkout and choose a payment method.

Existing members: Please login with your email address and/or reset your password, purchase your membership and select your payment method.

Alternatively if there are still places available, you can enrol at the first meeting of the term – but you may have to queue. After the term has started, please contact us to ask about enrolling.

Taster Vocal Development Session
Any potential new member is welcome to try a 'taster session' for the Vocal Development (not for Vocal Technique) during either the first or second week of term to see if they would like to join the class. Please let the Membership Coordinator know if you would like to try one Vocal Development class. We will arrange for a 'buddy' to show you around and answer any questions you may have. At the end of the session we hope you will decide to join and you will be asked to complete the online enrolment and pay for the full term (or pro rata if not the first session).

Payment methods
You can pay online by direct debit (BACS) to CAF Bank Sort code 40-52-40, Account 00016259. Please put your last name, choir/class and term as the payee reference (eg SMITH OC VT SPR14). If paying by cheque, please add your bank card number on the reverse of your cheque, made payable to The Addison Group of Singers.

Concessions
Sorry - there are no concession rates for Classes, only choirs. Concessions apply to people who are registered unemployed or disabled, and those receiving Income Support, Working Family Tax Credit, Invalidity Benefit, Severe Disability Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance or similar benefits; also people over 60 and students in full-time education. Full-time students under 25 may also claim a further discount (except for the Learn to Read Music Class). Proof is required to claim a concessionary rate.

Discount
More than one choir: if you wish to join more than one choir, you are entitled to a discount of £25 (£17 concessions). For a third choir, deduct a further £10 (£5 concessions).

Early Bird Prize Draw
A Prize Draw takes place each term at the first rehearsal from the online enrolments completed and paid for prior to the first rehearsal. The winner receives the equivalent of half their term fees.

Introduce a Friend
Current choir members will also receive a £20 reduction in their term fee (the following term) if they introduce a new member who enrols in a choir!

Refunds
If a choir rehearsal has to be cancelled, for example, due to bad weather conditions, refunds will not be given, as we will try to arrange an alternative date. If a class has to be cancelled and cannot be rearranged, the fee will be refunded based on the number of cancelled sessions.

If a member does not take up a place or complete a term for any reason (other than the above) there is no entitlement to a refund. You can however opt to transfer your fee to the following term. If you wish to transfer to another choir or class you need to consult our Membership Coordinator, and any difference in the fee or subscription must be paid or be refunded. If you require a receipt for your postal enrolment, you will need to enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Gift Aid
If you are a taxpayer, current legislation allows us to reclaim basic rate income tax on your membership subscriptions (however not on CDs, class fees or tuition elements). When enrolling please read the Gift Aid declaration and tick the box if you are happy for us to do this. Remember to notify us if you no longer pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax equal to the tax we can reclaim on your donations.

Members website
Once you have enrolled in a choir or class, you will be eligible to access the Members' area on the AS website and added to the mailing list to receive e-mail information about choir activities, social and other events. An online resource only, you can access information sheets, publicity posters, the Newsletters, Committee Minutes, photos of concerts, additional trips and social events. This helps us reduce postal costs and speeds up communication about choir events. The Administrator will send you an email with an invitation to join and give you a pre-selected password that you can change to a more memorable version once you are logged in.

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